Saturday, April 22, 2006

Rumer Godden 1907-1998

"For a dyed-in-the-wool author nothing is as dead as a book once it is written...She is rather like a cat whose kittens have grown-up. While they were a-growing she was passionately interested in them but now they seem hardly to belong to her-and probably she is involved with another batch of kittens as I am involved with other writing."

(New York Times, 1963)

Rumer Godden wrote novels, poetry, children's books, and non fiction. For more information on her life see the official web site. Among my favorites are In This House of Brede and The Battle of the Villa Fiorita. Several of her works were made into films: The Black Narcissus and The River are available as DVDs from The Criterion Collection.



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